The Top Ten Colors For Guys

Editor’s note: here’s a contribution from Beelzebub777. He’s written a few posts so we will probably start a series of these if  the response is good.

Color Spectrum

Beelzebub 777 bloggerAs I was driving home last night, I thought about Amazing Spider-man #50 and it reminded me of the Red Comic Book Covers post Comics A-Go-Go! published a few weeks ago. This got me thinking about the color red in general. I started to notice things that were red outside my window. That led to some musing on the concept of color as a whole. I wondered what colors guys might like or dislike. Since I’m a guy, I kind of figured I was somewhat of an expert on that sort of thing so I decided to make a Top 10 list.

Black, white, and gray colorsIn creating this list, I excluded black and white since someone told me those aren’t really colors.  I guess that depends on semantics  but we’ll go with that. Also, since gray is supposed to be the combination of black and white, I’ll assume it isn’t a color either. So, if that’s the case, then this is a Top 7 List. To be perfectly clear, these are the only seven colors guys recognize. Anything in between is just lighter or darker or more this or less that.

Here’s the list:

The color blue

1. Blue: The color of water. The color of my suit, when I wear a suit. The color of Marines and cops, so it’s a tough guy color. There’s a variant girls call “Baby Blue” but I don’t even know what that means.

The color green2. Green: The color of money. The color of my lawn after I remember to water it. The color of the traffic light I like best. The color of dragons.

The color red3. Red: The color of blood and power ties. The color of the traffic light I just barely sneaked under. The color of the flowers I forgot to get my wife on Valentine’s Day until that night.

The color brown4. Brown: The color of dirt. The color of crap. The color of dress shoes, if they aren’t black. There are no other colors for dress shoes. Cordovan is not an acceptable variant for real guys. We’re not sure if brown shoes are a good color with a blue suit. We’ll gamble and stick with black. Black isn’t a color so we’re probably OK.

The color Orange5. Orange: The color of construction workers’ vests.  The color of a fruit that should be eaten in big chunks with your hands because who eats an orange in little slices?

The color yellow6. Yellow: The color of dudes that are cowards. The color of piss and beer. The color of the traffic light that is on way too often when I’m just about to go through an intersection. If we get busted, blue is no longer going to be at the top of the list.

The color of pink7. Pink: The color of the flowers I got on Valentine’s Day night when I remembered on my way home from work that I needed to get flowers. It’s the cheaper color for flowers compared to red flowers. It’s also the color that got me into trouble because my wife knows pink flowers are cheaper and she thought I thought she wasn’t worth springing the extra bucks for. But, it’s still a color chicks like and put all over girly stuff and we only know about it because we like to hang around them. We mean the chicks, not their stuff. Guys hate this color.

If you know the names of any other colors like Puce or Perrywinkle and you know what color they actually are, you’re not a real dude.  … wait. It may not have been a good idea to write the previous sentence. We disavow any knowledge of any colors but the ones listed herein.

Awesome Red Comic Book Covers, because … why not?

The color RedWe like red. There, we’ve said it. Out of the bag, it is.  Here are some of our favorite comic book covers that are soaked in red. What a beautiful color.

Amazing Spider-man #50: Iconic image. Our pick for best Spider-man cover. Yes, ever. What’s inside? 1st appearance of Kingpin and a soul searching that leads Peter Parker to throw away his suit and figure he is done with vigilantism for good.  Of course, he is sucked back in because — “WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY!”

Amazing Spider-man

The Avengers #57: Pretty much as red as you can get. No other colors on this cover other than black and white and they only serve as shadow and light respectively. What’s inside? The 1st appearance of The Vision (who is a very cool character … most of the time).

First appearance of The VIsion

Frank Miller’s Ronin # 1: Frank Miller’s art took a weird turn in Ronin. His personal project was pretty far out there compared to the more mainstream work he had done on Daredevil. We were already fans when we picked up Ronin as back issues because The Dark Knight Returns had just come out and we wanted to find anything by Frank that we could get our hands on. Anyway, besides the billowing eastern get-up, we like the look of this cover with all the thatching and, of course, the wonder color red.

Frank Miller, comic book

Mage: The Hero Discovered #10: Issue number 7 of Mage was the first comic book we ever bought. The maxi-series is still one of our favorites. The technology today is so much more advanced than in 1985, but the vibrancy of the four-color printing on Baxter paper that was the rage in the 1980s blew us away. This issue also has a lot of red in it and for that we are grateful.

Matt Wagner, Comico, and Mage

Punisher War Zone #1: The 1990s was the Dreadful Decade of the Gimmick. We will write a future post on that but suffice it to say that after a fantastic run of experimental, creator-driven stories and art in the 1980s, the early 1990s were all about the collectability side of the comic book hobby. Pure garbage was coming out right and left and in order to hook the consumer, comic book publishers turned to technologies that were already making an impact on the ugly step-sister of the collectibles hobby (sports cards) for flash and pizzazz that they hoped would compensate for the terrible stories inside. Covers often became the only reason to buy a comic book. Chromium and lenticular surfaces were big “wows” as were die cuts like this comic. Of course, the prices jumped like crazy for the increasingly not-so-special “special” books. The $2.25 price tag on this issue was a dollar more than the average cover price in 1992 when this was released. That was a lot back then. Anyway, we have to admit we really liked this cover. Still do.

The Punisher War Zone (1992 series)

Mister X Volume 3 #4: This comic book came to our attention because we had fallen in love with Stig’s Inferno and since Vortex was the publisher of both, there was an ad for Mister X in one of the Inferno issues. It was some of the most stylish stuff we’d seen to date and the covers were fantastic. Later, the rights to the series migrated to Caliber Comics. We bought those issues but still haven’t read them – no idea why, just haven’t. Anyway, this is one of many good covers and it’s also our favorite of the outstanding red ones (Volume 1 #1 and Volume 1 #12 (the later of which is our favorite cover overall by creator Dean Motter) are also fantastic). Take a look at all of the covers in this gallery.

Mister X in Caliber Comics

Rocketeer Adventures #2: This is a reprint of Dave Stevens’ fan-favorite comic book from the 1980s. We love the art, the stories, and we are even proud to admit we love the Rocketeer movie (even though it was Disney-fied). This gorgeous Art Deco cover demonstrates why the Rocketeer is a comic worth admiring.

IDW publisher, Rocketeer

So, there you have it. This was just a small snapshot of some fantastic red-colored covers that we love. Which one do you like best? You’re welcome to comment on other red covers you really like.

Thank you and good night!